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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 14, 2013 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

Hahaha!

How about we sit down after that admission. Don't you feel better? Do you want a glass of water?

If I may be so bold, when did you relocate? Are you happy you did? I stayed in Aiea for a month or so when I was loose and fancy free and liked it. Wish I had explored further. I'm still interested.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 14, 2013 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

Legs are a little shaky.

I don't get the relocate part.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 14, 2013 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

>relocate part... Your handle? Your State? Or (always operative) I misoverestimated.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 14, 2013 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

Oh. Long story. I spent 4 months in HI in 76/77 doing a solo bike cruise and acquired a huge HI jones. Then I lived in the Bay area for a couple of years. Then back to hometown LA for the 80s. Always visiting HI. Got married in 89 and my wife and I moved to Honolulu for a great adventure which lasted only six years and ended when we adopted our son. Since then, Seattle-bound. I still have a HI jones - just no money to soothe it. Hence the handle, I guess. Have a pretty good collection of HI music though which I still listen to often.

Aiea is a pretty local place as I recollect. More Pearl Harbor side. What brought you there hauli?

HI is a unique and strange place. Much love and beauty mixed with poverty and resentment. Pretty much sold it's soul to be like the good ole USA. You have to scratch beneath the surface to see the real HI.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 14, 2013 5:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

I was actually there twice. The first time as a 14 year old w/ my family and then later by myself (kind of). My fathers best friends sister (got that) and her husband lived in Aiea. My first trip was a trip. The first day we got there I went outside to use their pool and the two guys they had hired to do some landscaping lit up a joint as casually as you please during their break. I had never seen so bold a smoke-break before! We did the whole tourist deal on that trip (and yes we went to every botanical garden on Oahu).

To your point about poverty and resentment, one afternoon we were swimming at Kalama Beach and a local and my father got into a fist fight b/c the guy said the beach was for locals and not white people (at least that is what he told the cops). It was kind of a scary deal as we were the only white people there and though only one guy got into fisticuffs with my Dad he had numerous friends. To be fair, my father had been drinking and had a permanent chip on his shoulders in those days and sadly fisticuffs were not a unique event in his life. The local probably said something he took exception to and instead of moving on and letting it be...

The second time was very different. In the middle of my time when I saw a lot of shows, ect.. No fist fights (far from it) but lots of smoke-breaks! It was on that trip that I fell in love w/ the island. I wished I scratched the surface much more then I did, but I was young and had a pretty sweet deal (nice and mellow place to stay and friends) so I wasn't overly adventurous (in that way ;-). Cost of living was/is high so save up those pennies...

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 14, 2013 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

You should definitely journey there again. There's that name again. It's definitely a heavy place and you have the jones for sure. And yes, the cost and education were the factors for leaving after our son came into our lives. Better to visit than live unless you've got a niche somehow or are rich.

Story: on my second bike trip in 1977 I spent two month circling Kauai and the Big Island. I flew from LAX to Hilo and headed towards the black sand beaches of Kalapana (now under yards of lava). Along the way, I stopped in a hippie town named Pahoa and met a really nice haole - a sociology Phd (trying to remember) refugee from the Bay area. He was now living on odd state jobs, unemployment, and growing pot in the hills (Puna Butter was that district's name.)Invited me to stay in his home, which I did for a few days. Took me all around. Turns out he was a big time Deadhead with a huge collection of tapes and a great stereo. What a fun time. His name was Dick Latvala. After I came back home we continued to correspond for a while. I would send him a box of Maxells and he would send back concerts and pot. $100 per oz was the rate at that time. He was a good wrapper! Lucky they didn't check the mail that well in those days. Anyway, lost track of him as time went on and then one day I bought a new Dead cd and, lo and behold, there was ole Dick listed in the credits as caterer. Well, I thought, that's an interesting life change. Who knew? :)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 14, 2013 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy

Neat!

$100/oz. is bringing it waaayy back.